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Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Rey, the central character. Yet another lonely kid with special powers on a planet full of sand... (Source: starwars.com)

Rey, the central character. Yet another lonely kid with special powers on a planet full of sand… (Source: starwars.com)

Star Wars fans, fear not. Firstly because fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering, etc. And more importantly because JJ Abrams and his team have succeeded in augmenting the original trilogy where even George Lucas could not.

The Force Awakens offers more of the same to a degree that I found surprising. It takes many of the familiar elements of the original trilogy and mashes them up into a new narrative. There are desert and forest worlds, dodgy spaceports and gleaming starships, scary tentacled aliens and tense lightsabre duels, all fuelled by the interpersonal drama that’s always been at the heart of the series.

Best of all, there are no convoluted plots about trade negotiations, and nary a Gungan in sight. Continue Reading →

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